The University of Washington is located in the city of Seattle in America’s Pacific Northwest. Home to such major corporations as Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks (as well as Boeing’s largest U.S. factories), Seattle is well served by the major Sea-Tac International Airport situated just south of the city. The airport is well connected to the University District by taxi, bus, light rail and airport shuttle services.
Airport to University District
For information on how to get to the University of Washington from the airport or downtown train station, please click here.
Seattle’s new Link Light Rail will take you directly from the airport to the UW Husky Stadium Light Rail Station. (A trip to the UW campus will cost approximately $3.25 and take roughly 45 minutes.) However, please note that hotels are located about a mile from the UW Husky Stadium Light Rail Station. We recommend taking Uber or Lift from the UW Husky Stadium Light Rail Station to hotels. Alternatively, you may take the westbound 44 bus (normally departing every 10-12 minutes) just a few stops or walk to hotels in the upper University District through campus. To reach the Silver Cloud Inn and Travellodge, walk north along Montlake Boulevard and 25th Avenue NE (approximately 1 mile).
Recommended for time/budget purposes especially for 2+ people traveling together: In addition to the options presented on the official UW transport page, you can also use rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to travel from SeaTac Airport to UW or your hotel.
If you drive, please try to arrive to campus at least 45 minutes before your scheduled visit to allow time to park and find your way to your destination. When you arrive, please visit the Central Parking Garage to purchase a permit. The parking specialist will direct you to a parking lot. The Central Parking Garage is located here at the intersection of NE 41st Street and 15th Avenue NE.
Getting around Seattle
The University of Washington is well connected to Seattle’s downtown via ground transportation.
Buses depart from 15th Avenue NE and subway trains depart from the new Link Light Railstation at Husky Stadium. The Link Light Rail is by far the fastest way downtown and the station is located only an 11 minute walk from the conference venue on the UW campus. Please note, however, that the Link station is at the edge of the UW campus and a 2o+ minute walk from hotels. Seattle is additionally served by Uber, Lyft, and taxis.
We do not recommend renting a car unless you plan to take trips outside of Seattle. Most everything you need is within walking distance from your hotel, and parking on the UW campus and downtown can be difficult and expensive.
Get the Apps One Bus Away – Download the One Bus Away app for your cellphone to see bus routes near you as well as real-time arrival information and schedules. Uber – Download and get set up with the Uber app in order to take advantage of Seattle’s large ride sharing fleet. Lyft – Download and get set up with the Lyft app in order to take advantage of Seattle’s large ride sharing fleet.
Public transportation from the University District
70 Bus Route (University District to Downtown Seattle) 43 Bus Route (University District to Montlake to Capitol Hill to Downtown Seattle) 49 Bus Route (University District to Capitol Hill [Broadway] to Downtown Seattle)
We recommend Uber or Lyft over traditional taxi cabs in Seattle, but Orange Cab (206-522-8800) is a local taxi.
Graduate Seattle Hotel, the Recommended REECAS Northwest Hotel.
The University of Washington has designated the hip and newly renovated Graduate Seattle Hotel as the recommended conference hotel with discounted rates. Located within easy walking distance from the university campus and REECAS Northwest conference venue, the Graduate Seattle Hotel also includes Poindexter Coffee and the Mountaineering Club rooftop bar. The hotel is located near upper campus with good public transportation access to downtown.
The University of Washington has arranged discounted rooms at the Graduate Seattle Hotel. Please use the University of Washington code: UOWA when booking your room to receive a discounted rate.
For a map featuring other hotel options near the University of Washington, please click here.
Other Recommended Hotels
Marriott Residence Inn (new hotel with rooms and suites, upper campus, good public transportation access to downtown)
Watertown Hotel (mid-range accommodation, upper campus, good public transportation access to downtown)
University Inn (mid-range accommodation, upper campus, good public transportation access to downtown)
Silver Cloud Inn (mid-range accommodation located off lower campus, good access to the fashionable University Village Mall but a longer uphill walk to conference venue)
Travellodge (basic accommodation located off lower campus, good access to the fashionable University Village Mall but a longer uphill walk to conference venue)
The College Inn (budget accommodation with shared bath in upper campus, good public transportation access to downtown)
Other Accommodation Options
Airbnb (accommodation in private residences). The Ellison Center recommends using Airbnb for the University District or the Capitol Hill neighborhoods.
Kayak.com (hotel search tool). The Ellison Center recommends refining your initial search by neighborhood and looking for hotels in the University District or Capitol Hill. You may also refine your initial search by hotel name.
Hotels.com (hotel search tool). The Ellison Center recommends refining your initial search by neighborhood and looking for hotels in the University District or Capitol Hill. You may also refine your initial search by hotel name.
The Ellison Center
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Seattle WA, 98195-3650